• AARCS ID# A34933249
  • Male
  • Breed: Terrier/Mixed
  • Puppy
  • Est. DOB: 12/15/2016
  • Size: Medium/Large

  • Story

    Photos courtesy of Inga Morozoff Photography

    “Hi there! My name is Anook and I was born in the NWT in the dead of winter (around December 2016). I came into AARCS’ care with my twin sister when we were only 3 months old and I was very scared of everything and everyone. We had been living on our own and we weren’t used to people. To be honest, my sister looked out for me, she made sure we were safe. She found a Forever Home a few months ago, and although I’m really happy for her, I felt like I had lost my best friend. But then I met my foster family, and now I have 2 fur-siblings that are looking out for me and teaching me the ropes. I’m still super scared of new things, but I’m learning to trust and I am really hoping to find a forever family that will be very patient with me, because it takes me awhile to get used to new things.

    My new family should have a friendly dog that I can play with. I love to wrestle and chase, and I love squeaky toys and playing keep-away. I may be a little aloof when it’s just you and me, but when I see another dog, my bum just starts to wiggle and I can’t even help it! I’m really a very happy boy! Please have lots of patience. I don’t trust people easily, so I really need you to know that I might not let you touch me for awhile. But once I’m sure that you aren’t going to hurt me, I will try to come near so you can touch my soft fur and give me ear scratches (I really love those). Until then, I will follow you everywhere because I’m very curious about where you are and what you’re doing. I would love to have a family who understands that I need time to get used to them, but young children move fast and reach for me and that really spooks me. I don’t like to be hugged at this point, but I have tried out this “cuddling” thing once or twice with my Foster Mama, and it’s not too bad (as long as I get to choose the time and place). My new family should have some experience with shy dogs like me…It would be great if we spoke the same language, but since we don’t, can you please learn mine so you’ll know when I’m feeling overwhelmed?

    I would love to live somewhere I could run! I’m very energetic and I sometimes don’t know what to do with all my energy. I don’t like having a leash and collar on, so I haven’t been able to go on walks yet, but I am working really hard on getting used to a harness. I have even been able to take a few steps once my leash is attached, but it’s still a little scary for me. I think I can do it eventually, will you help me work through that? I sleep in my crate every night, and during the day when my family is at work. I like it in there, I feel safe, but when I hear you come home, I can’t wait to get out and say hi, and I’ll tell you so…loudly (must be some Husky in me…my Foster Mama says I sound like I’m howling)!

    Sorry if I sound a little demanding, I just really want to find the right Forever Home. I have had quite a busy life so far, with many changes that I’ve had to get used to. I would love to find a family that wants to be part of my story. I have come such a long way in the last 4 months and have learned to trust the people in my foster family. I’m certain I can learn to trust you too, if you’re gentle and kind…and patient, don’t forget patient. I promise it’ll be worth your time to get to know me!” — xo Anook

    • AARCS_cat
      Good with Cats?
      Not tested with Cats
    • AARCS_dog
      Good with Dogs?
      Yes, Good with Dogs
    • AARCS_KidTested
      Good with Kids?
    • AARCS_SpecialNeeds
      Does this Animal have Special Needs?
      Yes, Behavioral Needs: Shy Boy seeks Patient Family